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Driver reverses train in Rajasthan for 1 km to save life

Quick thinking and prompt action by a train driver saved the life of a man on the Kota-Bina stretch of Atru-salpura railway line.

The train driver, whose name was not known, reversed the train for about a kilometer so that the injured passenger, who had fallen from the train, could be taken to a nearby hospital for treatment.

The incident took place on the Kota-Bina stretch around 4 pm on Friday when a 32-year-old man, Rajendra, who was mentally ill, jumped from the train and in order to save Verma, his brother Vinod also jumped from the train.

Giving information about the incident their cousin, Suresh Verma, who was also traveling with them in the train at the time of the incident, said, “My paternal cousin Rajendra Verma works with me in Satna district of Madhya Pradesh (mp) as a laborer. For the last five days, his mental condition was not well. On April 24 night, Rajendra was going to Sikar district via Katni town of MP where his health condition deteriorated. So instead of going to Sikar, we (Suresh and his cousins) took the train for Jaipur.”

On April 25, around 3 am, when the train passed through Ashok Nagar railway station, Rajendra jumped off the train. “I had to pull the chain in order to catch him. I was also fined for this by police. Again, we took a train and left for Jaipur,” Suresh added.

“Next day around 4 pm, when the train passed Salpura area of Baran district, Rajendra was sleeping on the upper berth of the train. Suddenly, Rajendra got down from the berth and ran towards the gate and jumped from the gate. In order to catch him, his brother Vinod also went behind him and lost balance and fell from the train,” Suresh said.

Senior divisional commercial manager (DCM) of Kota region Vijay Prakash said, “As soon as Rajendra jumped off the train, somebody pulled the chain and the train stopped after crawling a few kilometers. Relatives of Rajendra called for an ambulance.”

He added, “As there was no path for an ambulance to enter the point where the train had stopped.

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